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We're so grateful for your efforts to raise awareness and funds for people affected by MS, and we want to make sure your experience is extraordinary at every turn. If you have questions, need assistance, or just have a comment to share, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you.

Support for Your Fundraising Efforts

The Fundraising Support Center is available to answer all your questions about the event and fundraising, or problems encountered with the event website, using your Participant Center, or utilizing our other fundraising apps (Fundraise with Facebook; Bike MS on Android/iOS). Please contact the Fundraising Support Center by calling 855-372-1331 or by email at FundraisingSupport@nmss.org.

Chapter Contact

We're standing by to assist you, whether you have questions about the BP MS 150, would like to send in donations, volunteer your time, or come by our office to say hello!

Questions?

Do you have additional questions about the BP MS 150? Have you encountered problems regarding the event, fundraising, or using your Participant Center? Please contact us by calling 855-372- 1331 or by email at fundraisingsupport@nmss.org. If you would like more information regarding teams, sponsorship, or volunteering, please contact us at one of the emails listed below:

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For correspondence with BP MS 150 staff, please mail/deliver to:

National MS Society
8111 N. Stadium Dr., Suite 100
Houston, TX 77054

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Donations

For an accurate rider fundraising account, please make all money orders, cashier's checks, and/or personal/business checks payable to the National MS Society. Please include the pariticpant's name and "2017 BP MS 150" in the memo section of each money order/check. DO NOT mail cash/coins. Mail with a completed Donation Form to:

National MS Society
ATTN: 2017 BP MS 150
P.O. Box 4125
Houston, TX 77210

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Leon Benavides, Coordinator, Logistics
Email: Leon.Benavides@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-4701
View Leon's Bio

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest 17 years ago, I joined the development team as a permanent member in March 2017.  Before becoming a staff member, I served two years as a Volunteer Lead in LaGrange at Camp St Marks.  Working alongside other wonderful volunteers to provide staff support and rider customer services. I am very happy to be involved with such a great organization and to do my part in ridding the world of this disease.  Multiple Sclerosis touched our family when my sister Dolores was diagnosed at the age of 12.  Her memory will keep me working hard every day, till the job is done.

Brenda Buchanan, Sr. Director, Logistics
 – "Each day we are closer to finding a cure. My job will not be done until that day comes."
Email: Brenda.Buchanan@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2933
View Brenda's Bio

Brenda has been involved with the BP MS 150 for 15 years, 12 of those as a staff member. She began her journey to create a world free of MS as a volunteer, sponsor and team captain for three years prior to joining the National MS Society as a staff member. Her responsibilities include Corporate Development, and Marketing as well as working with the Top Teams and Top Fundraisers. Additionally, she also assists with Walk MS: Houston events. Brenda enjoys shopping, photography, and spending time with family.

Lisa Dannenbaum Shaw, Director, Teams
Email: Lisa.Shaw@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2902
View Lisa's Bio

Lisa was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but lived in San Antonio for 15 years. She started working for the National MS Society in San Antonio in 2007. Currently, she is enjoying being back in her home town, close to family. She is an avid cyclist and holds 8 state titles in her category for the Texas State Time Trial Championships. She is bilingual as she speaks to both "Walk MS and Bike MS" (BP MS 150)!

Lisa's background is in the restaurant business and she loves cooking/baking, finding the perfect wine, entertaining, spending time with her two kiddos, and all outdoor sports.

"I am truly blessed knowing that I am working with so many great people that want to make a difference".

Kelli Dreiling, AVP Bike MS
Email: Kelli.Dreiling@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2978
View Kelli's Bio

With 20 years of experience in sales, fundraising, marketing and nonprofit event management, Kelli currently oversees $21 million in special event fundraising for the National MS Society in Houston, Texas and leads a team of 12 fulltime development staff. Together she and her team produce and manage the Society's largest fundraising event, the BP MS 150 Houston to Austin bike ride as well as four Walk MS events and MuckFest MS (new in 2015). Her team focuses on team development, corporate sponsorship, participant recruitment and retention, marketing, and volunteer partnerships to create extraordinary experiences for participants that help change the world for people living with MS. She is a strategic thinker with an ambitious, imaginative, and compassionate leadership style. Most of all, she values her faith and her family. She loves to travel, take long walks, and create digital photo books. Kelli received a BA in International Studies and Spanish from The Ohio State University and lives in The Woodlands, Texas, with her husband, two children, a dog, and a snake.

Camellia Jacks, Specialist, Logistics
 – "Do more than belong: Participate. Do more than care: Help. Do more than believe: Practice. Do more than be fair: Be kind. Do more than forgive: Forget. Do more than dream: Work."
Email: Camellia.Jacks@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2912
View Camellia's Bio

Camellia became involved with the National MS Society through a personal connection to multiple sclerosis; she has a family member affected by MS. In 2004, Camellia participated in her first event for the Society, Walk MS: The Woodlands. From 2005 to 2012, she participated in the BP MS 150 (2008 to 2012 as a Ride Marshal). In addition, she was a member of the Superstar Committee and an MS Ambassador. Over the years, she has participated in over 22 Bike MS events including the BP MS 150, Bike MS: Sam's Club Round-Up Ride, Bike MS: Valero Alamo Ride to the River, and Bike MS: Great-West Colorado. Camellia met one of her fundraising goals by becoming a member of Club 300 (#204 for the 2012 BP MS 150). Camellia joined the Houston Staff in November 2012. She manages a variety of important event coordination tasks, primarily for the BP MS 150. She also supports Walk MS, Tour of Champions, and other South-Central Region events. In her spare time, Camellia enjoys cycling, half marathons, hiking in Colorado (hiked Pikes Peak in 2014), and photography.

Mindy LeBlanc, Director, Top Fundraisers
 – "Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss you'll land among the stars."
Email: Mindy.LeBlanc@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2944
View Mindy's Bio

Mindy has been with the National MS Society for ten years, working with Top Fundraisers and Fundraising Strategies for the BP MS 150. Mindy indulges in anything outdoors (cycling, running, hiking, etc.); enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter; attending church; and partaking in an active social life with friends. Mindy lives by the passage, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Nancy Lipsey, Sr. Manager, Austin
 – Teams/Sponsors/Volunteers/Top Fundraisers
Email: Nancy.lipsey@nmss.org | Phone: 512-340-2705
Nancy's Bio

Nancy is arrived in Austin right before the 2017 BP MS 150. Originally from Memphis, Nancy moved to Austin from New York City where she worked for the New York Road Runners as the Director of Volunteers and Community Events. In that position, she led over 25,000 volunteers annually. Before working in the running community, Nancy was ride director at multi-day rides in New York, San Francisco and a five-day ride in Israel. She has a masters of nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University. Nancy is an avid reader, hiker, home cook and yogi.

Justin Martin, Sr. Manager, Teams
 – "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
Email: Justin.Martin@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2953
View Justin's Bio

Justin was born and raised in south Houston, and is a college graduate of the University of Houston. Justin landed a dream job in a prestigious Fortune 500 company fresh out of school. However, after a year, he still lacked passion and drive for making a real impact on this world. It was his volunteer work for the BP MS 150 where he found that passion. Quitting his "traditional job" to join the Society's mission to create a world free from MS may have seemed crazy to family and friends then, but 8 years later it's molded him into the person he wants to be.

Nicolette Meadows, Fundraising Support / Customer Service Associate
 – "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito." (Dalai Lama)
Email: Nicolette.Meadows@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2974
View Nicolette's Bio

Nicolette has been involved with the National MS Society since 2010 as a Data Entry Coordinator, and now as a member of the Houston Development Team. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her two young children, James and Kamryn.

Mark Neagli, Associate Vice President, Leadership and Organizational Development
Email: mark.neagli@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2931

Julie Shockey, Specialist, Fundraising
 – "Go into the world and do well, but more importantly, go into the world and do good." – Minor Myers, Jr.
Email: Julie.Shockey@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2979
View Julie's Bio

Julie came to the National MS Society with 8 years of prior development experience at the University of Michigan. She was born and raised in Ohio, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication from Bowling Green State University. Julie currently works on cultivating new relationships and strengthening current relationships with our Top Fundraisers: Club 300 and Superstars. Julie also encourages continuous fundraising excellence with our Top Fundraisers and works on fundraising initiatives. She has a passion for traveling, meeting new people, staying active, and seeking adventure. Julie has always had a love for development work, and feels lucky to be a part of the largest MS fundraising event in the country!

Jennifer Tai, Associate
 – "Be not simply good; be good for something."
Email: Jennifer.Tai@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2915
View Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer was born and raised in Houston. After graduating from University of Houston with a Consumer Science and Merchandising degree, she found her way to the National MS Society in 2013. Jennifer enjoys working with her dynamic team and being a part of the mission to help find a cure for MS. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her 13 year old chow, Winnie, and with family and close friends.

Cyronica Upshaw, Sr. Manager, Corporate Development
 – "I look forward to the day when I can say I was involved, in some small way, in finding a cure for MS!"
Email: Cyronica.Upshaw@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2940
View Cyronica's Bio

Cyronica was born and raised in Dallas. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!) and moving to Houston, she found her way to the National MS Society. Cyronica is currently pursuing a Master's Degree, loves to go on cruises, likes all things social media, and is an avid blog reader. Her main responsibility is to cultivate existing and to acquire new corporate relationships. No matter how hot it gets in Texas, Cyronica always keeps her cool!

Karla Zielke, Specialist, Teams
Email: Karla.Zielke@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2943
View Karla's Bio

As a physical challenge, Karla registered for her first BP MS 150 as a cyclist in October of 2007. With no connection to MS and no passion for fundraising she hoped to raise $500. Just three months later she discovered those periods of numbness, tingling and double vision she had been experiencing were in fact due to MS. Karla quickly became passionate about fundraising and volunteering for the National MS Society raising over $110,000 for the BP MS 150 in eight years.  Seven years after her diagnosis a career change and fortunate timing led to Karla joining the Society as a staff member with the bike team. Now Karla uses her passion and fundraising experience to help team captains prepare their teams and inspire their fundraising. To recharge, Karla enjoys spending time with her family, amateur astronomy with her Dad and volunteering as a pet therapy team with her dog Chewla.

Melanie Zumdieck, Volunteer Engagement Specialist
Email: Melanie.Zumdieck@nmss.org | Phone: 713-394-2941
View Melanie's Bio

Melanie's personal connection to MS got her involved as a BP MS 150 fundraiser and rider when she moved to Houston for a job at the Museum of Fine Arts in 2010. With a background in education and volunteer engagement, good timing and coincidence brought her to work for the MS Society in 2013 where she could bring her professional experience and personal passions together. Melanie's other passions include living a healthy and active lifestyle, cooking, cultural exploration, and the arts. In short, her various likes include: Travel, red wine, cute kids, dancing, family, fine food that is presented well, power tools, and good hair.

The Austin Committee for the 2018 BP MS 150 Is in process of being formed. If you are interested in volunteering in a leadership position please email Nancy.Lipsey@nmss.org.

2017 BP MS 150 Steering Committee - Houston

  • • Alan Bazard
  • • Allen Fuller
  • • Amy Moore
  • • Barron Lozano
  • • Brian Hatt
  • • Charles Webb
  • • Daniel Goldman
  • • David Taylor
  • • Don Holkan
  • • Georganna Davis
  • • Greg Busacca
  • • James McCowen
  • • Jeff Armbruster
  • • Jeff Edwards
  • • Joel Benavides
  • • John Bolmanski
  • • John Miller
  • • John Tieman
  • • Joseph Condoleo
  • • Joseph Zizzo, Jr.
  • • JW Smith
  • • Karen Firenze
  • • Kyle Jackolin
  • • Mark Miller
  • • Mark Taylor
  • • Mami Rosen
  • • Michael Firenza
  • • Mike Hardwick
  • • Pat Medellin
  • • Paul Little
  • • Randy May
  • • Ric Sadler
  • • Rick Broussard
  • • Robert Reichardt
  • • Sam Belinoski
  • • Steve Shirk
  • • Susan Shirk
  • • Tony Poyner
  • • Tracey Reichardt

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